BOZEMAN – Two local women gifted 25 backpacks to Bozeman schools for Christmas.
Tiffani Pimley and Amber Hughes first came up with the idea from holiday backpacks about a month ago. Wanting specifically give to Bozeman homeless teens, the women reached out to their friends, family and community members via Facebook, texts, and calls to raise money for the backpacks.
“We really wanted to make sure we focused on not only getting them things that they would want or need but also do fun things that kids like to do so getting them some things to access those things as well,” said Pimley.
Pimley and Hughes used the money and donations they raised to fill the backpacks with gift cards, hygiene products, hats, socks, gloves, and other gifts. It was vital for both of them not to only give what the kids needed but items like movie theater gift cards so they could do fun activities during winter break.
“My heart is so full. I am so happy. I think, you know, the idea that this could help change the trajectory of a child’s life,” said Hughes. “Knowing your community cares about you. It feels amazing. Yeah, I feel like I have had the best holiday really ever.”
The women worked with Bozeman High School’s Homeless coordinator to distribute them to students in need.
“You know they are struggling as well. and so regardless of the reason why they are homeless. They are homeless so wanting to give them a little extra something to hold onto and keep them going.”
Pimley and Hughes said they are so grateful for the support the Bozeman community has shown and hope to do many more events like this in the future.
Reporting by Mederios Babb for MTN News